Indonesian actress Happy Salma earmarked as potential politician

5 February 2013 / 3 years 8 months ago

The faces of celebrities will likely continue to fill the House of Representatives after the 2014 polls as political parties rush to recruit local actors, models and singers as their legislative candidates. The parties have to work fast as they are required by the General Elections Commission (KPU) to submit their legislative candidates’ shortlists in April.According to a report on The Jakarta Post, the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) have already confirmed their choice of celebrities. PAN executive Bima Arya Sugiarto said on Thursday that celebrity couple Ikang Fauzi and Marissa Haque would become the party’s representatives at the House. Marissa, a popular actress in the 1980s, was an Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker between 2004 and 2009. Her rock star husband Ikang, ran for office as a lawmaker in the 2009 polls and for South Lampung deputy regent in 2010, but the two bids failed. Meanwhile, Gerindra is eyeing actress and writer Happy Salma and actor Irwansyah. Gerindra deputy chairman Fadli Zon said they expected celebrities to be good lawmakers and not just "vote-getters". "It is true that popularity will help them win. However, what we [are interested in] is their performance after winning seats. They have to defend people’s rights and make good policies," he said on Wednesday.When asked if she has political aspirations, Happy was hesitant to say yes, but said that she admired Gerindra. "Gerindra is a new party that steals attention. It is aggressive and quite solid [‘¦] We [both] have a vision to fight for the nation’s improvement," she told the Post on Tuesday.Happy ‘” who is married to Ubud prince Tjokorda Bagus Dwi Santana Kertayasa ‘” also said that her family would support any decision she might take.

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